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Catholic volunteers are involved in a variety of ways. Men and women who are able to spend at least four hours during the day can work at the Harris County Jail. They visit offenders and provide communion, Bibles, and spiritual counsel. For those who cannot work during the day, there are opportunities for evening ministry. Perhaps you can offer a few hours each week to this important jail ministry. Another opportunity exists in the state prison units. Volunteers provide communion services, RCIA teaching, Bible studies, rosary sessions, divine mercy, stations of the cross and other Catholic devotions. They minister under the direct supervision of the unit chaplain. Both areas of ministry require some kind of security application processing. Filling out the forms, taking pictures for identification, doing background checks, attending a training class and working with someone who has experience. This all takes quite a bit of time to accomplish so be patient. In many cases, a visit to a prison can be arranged so you can get a sense of the environment behind the bars.

For further information please contact the Office of Correctional Ministries, 713-741-8732

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